Friday, November 27, 2015

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With cornerback Trae Waynes and linebacker Eric Kendricks already in the fold, Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Vikings opted to trade their selection to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Vikings moved back from #76 to #80 in exchange for pick #193 in the sixth round.

With that selection, the Kansas City Chiefs selected Georgia wide out Chris Conley.

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The Minnesota Vikings were again at the center of trade speculation as pick number 45 approached Friday evening.

However, unable to strike a deal, the Vikings instead filled one of their most pressing needs with a player largely considered to be a first round talent.

UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks is the newest member of the Mike Zimmer’s defense, joining cornerback Trae Waynes as part of a continuing effort to dominate the defensive side of the football. Kendricks projects as an instant starter within the Vikings defense presuming his knee is healthy.

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Following a football season overrun with off-the-field issues, it seemed appropriate that GM Rick Spielman would open Friday afternoon’s press conference with a story to demonstrate Trae Waynes’ strong character.

According to Spielman, his brother-in-law lives in Chicago and has a friend whose daughter underwent cleft palate surgery earlier this week. Prior to the surgery, Waynes spent time with the child, taking a picture holding the infant. Spielman said the following:

I know what he can do on the football field, I know what kind of family he comes from, and right now I know what kind of person he is. 

When Waynes took the podium for the first time as a Minnesota Viking, he also paid credit to his family and his upbringing.

“My parents were hard on me and my brother,” he said. “My dad was actually my guidance counselor. They kept us out of trouble and raised us right. I owe all that to them.”

Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer both reemphasized their excitement for having Waynes here in Minnesota and the impact he will have on the team. Zimmer said that it seems most all players with outstanding athletic ability play offense nowadays, so it can be tough to find really good CBs in the Draft. The coach believes Waynes is an exception to that rule, however.

“Trae has excellent ball skills, he’s a great competitor, big heart,” he said.

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Trae Waynes Draft

5.5 hours… On the air…

The first round of the NFL Draft is in the books and thank you all who listed to the LIVE Stream right here on and Vikings Territory. The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings have a 2nd shutdown corner to pair with Xavier Rhodes, Adrian was NOT traded, and Trader Rick did not live up to his name. Even though the first round was a bit… Vanilla… We still had a great time talking Vikings Draft with out fantastic guests and your tweets throughout the show. We chopped up the stream into podcast form. Thanks for listening and making Purple FTW! possible!

All the podcasts after the jump.

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If reports were true, then the Vikings required at least a first round selection in exchange for future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson.

The first round of the 2015 NFL Draft came and went, however, and none of the first 32 picks were expended in order to acquire Peterson. Instead, he remains a Minnesota Viking and Rick Spielman tersely reiterated his stance on Thursday night.

There remains plenty of opportunity for Adrian Peterson to be traded throughout Draft Weekend, when training camp injuries begin taking a toll on other depth charts, and prior to the 2015 trade deadline. This evening was perhaps the biggest of all milestones, however, as Peterson still being on the roster is the most concrete indication to date that he will remain in Minnesota for the 2015 season.

Peterson, 30, has seen his image take a big hit within the Vikings fan communities over the last seven months and his potential return to the field will surely persist as the franchise’s most intriguing storyline this offseason.

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